More than one-third of Americans in a poll report that they have not moved past the COVID-19 pandemic but believe others around them have. They say they expect it will be more than a year, or never, before they return to normal life.
Compared to early January, during the height of the omicron variant, an increasing share of Americans now (42%) report having already returned to their normal, pre-COVID-19 life. In January a mere 15% reported life as normal.
These are some of the findings of an Axios-Ipsos poll:
- One-third (31%) of respondents said that they believe the pandemic has ended, which the poll notes includes 10% of Democrats, 27% of independents, and 59% of Republicans.
- The survey also found that respondents who are vaccinated are less likely to believe the pandemic has ended (22%), compared to those who have not received their shots (55%).
- Many businesses have largely returned to pre-COVID-19 protocols, with fewer requirements for masks inside or showing proof of vaccination.
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 1 million people since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
The Biden administration has dropped the COVID-19 testing requirement for inbound air travelers from abroad, ending one of the longest-running travel restrictions of the pandemic, CNBC reported.
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